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December 13, 2010

MSM HIV Circumcision Study Disregards Roles in Anal Sex

Cutting to the uncut truth: Circumcision may have only a minimal effect on HIV transmission among men who have sex with men (MSM), according to a study involving U.S. and Peruvian men and reported by Reuters. Four percent of the circumcised men in a study contracted HIV over an 18-month period, as opposed to 5 percent of the uncircumcised men. Previous studies have arrived at similar conclusions. Other studies suggest that circumcision reduces HIV risk for men up to 60 percent during vaginal intercourse. But an analysis by the Box Turtle Bulletin lambastes the latest study, pointing out that it disregards whether the men were engaging in penetrative or receptive anal intercourse (in other words, whether the men were tops or bottoms).

To read the Reuters article, click here.

To read the Box Turtle Bulletin article, click here.

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